Oscar Pistorius said ‘everything is fine’ to security calling about gunshot reports (video)

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A security guard for Oscar Pistorius gated community testified Friday that Pistorius told him “everything is fine” when the guard called him after neighbors reported gunshots on the night he shot and killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

“Mr. Pistorius said to me, ‘Security, everything is fine,’” security guard Pieter Baba said through an interpreter at a Pretoria, South Africa, court. “That’s when I realized that Mr. Pistorius was crying.”

Baba then told another security guard that “not everything was in order as Mr. Pistorius was telling me.”

Pistorius called back, Baba answered, but Pistorius did not speak before the call ended, the guard said.

“Maybe he wasn’t sure about calling me back,” Baba said. “He just started crying over the phone.”

Pistorius, the first double amputee to run in the Olympics in 2012, is on trial for charges including murdering Steenkamp on the early morning of Valentine’s Day 2013. He could face 25 years to life in prison if convicted of premeditated murder. He shot four times through a bathroom door, hitting Steenkamp inside.

The prosecution asserts Pistorius shot through the door after an argument with Steenkamp. Pistorius has said he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder.

The security guard Baba said he spoke to Pistorius on the phone after driving to his house the night of the shooting. He then went inside and saw Pistorius carrying Steenkamp down stairs.

“I was so shocked,” Baba said. “Oscar Pistorius told me that everything was fine, only to come and find him carrying Reeva down.”

Earlier Friday, Pistorius’ ex-girlfriend Samantha Taylor testified that Pistorius carried a gun with him “all the time” while they were dating. Their relationship ended in November 2012, Taylor said.

Taylor also said on at least one occasion when she stayed with Pistorius that Pistorius woke her up during the night, got his gun, checked for an intruder in his house and found nothing.

The trial is scheduled to resume Monday at 2:30 a.m. ET.

Here’s NBC News’ full coverage of Pistorius’ trial.

Here’s Baba describing two phone calls with Pistorius:

Here’s Baba describing Pistorius carrying Steenkamp down stairs:

Here’s Taylor saying Pistorius carried a gun with him “all the time:”

Tweets from reporters in Pretoria:

Photos via The Associated Press:

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Pistorius arrives at court.
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Pistorius listens to questioning.
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Pistorius checks a phone with sister Aimee.

Video: Ato Boldon offers perspective on Oscar Pistorius

Kendall Gretsch wins six gold medals at Para Nordic Ski Worlds

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Kendall Gretsch, who won Paralympic titles at the last Summer and Winter Games, added another six gold medals at the World Para Nordic Skiing Championships in Sweden last week.

Gretsch, 30, earned seven total medals in seven days between biathlon and cross-country skiing.

Gretsch won gold medals in three different sports across the last three Paralympics: biathlon and cross-country skiing in 2018 (two years after taking up the sports), triathlon in 2021 and biathlon in 2022.

She plans to shift her focus back to triathlon after this winter for 2024 Paris Games qualification.

Gretsch, born with spina bifida, was the 2014 USA Triathlon Female Para Triathlete of the Year. Though triathlon was added to the Paralympics for the 2016 Rio Games, her classification was not added until Tokyo.

Also at last week’s worlds, six-time Paralympian Aaron Pike earned his first Paralympic or world championships gold medal in his decade-plus career, winning a 12.5km biathlon event.

Oksana Masters, who won seven medals in seven events at last year’s Paralympics to break the career U.S. Winter Paralympics medals record, missed worlds due to hand surgery.

The U.S. also picked up five medals at last week’s World Para Alpine Skiing Championships in Spain — three silvers for five-time Paralympian Laurie Stephens and two bronzes for 17-year-old Saylor O’Brien.

Stephens now has 18 career medals from world championships, plus seven at the Paralympics.

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World champion skier Kyle Smaine dies in avalanche at age 31

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Kyle Smaine, a retired world champion halfpipe skier, died in an avalanche in Japan on Sunday, according to NBC News, citing Smaine’s father. He was 31.

Smaine, a 2015 World champion in ski halfpipe, had been doing ski filming in Japan, sharing videos on his Instagram account over the past week.

The native of South Lake Tahoe, California, finished ninth in ski halfpipe at the 2016 Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado.

In 2018, Smaine won the fifth and final U.S. Olympic qualifying series event in ski halfpipe but did not make the four-man team for PyeongChang. His last sanctioned international competition was in February 2018.

Late Sunday, two-time Olympic champion David Wise won the X Games men’s ski halfpipe and dedicated it to Smaine.

“We all did this for Kyle tonight,” Wise said on the broadcast. “It’s a little bit of an emotional day for us. We lost a friend.”